Reexamining "Perfect" Attendance in Schools

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jsard.v5iS1.2614

Keywords:

COVID-19, student attendance, schools, truancy

Abstract

The COVID-19 emergency has created new challenges for schools regarding student attendance. The predominant practice of “perfect” attendance incentives in schools conflicts with new government policies regarding student self-quarantine due to the COVID-19 virus. School leaders must change their procedures and communication regarding student attendance to reflect these new conditions.

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Author Biography

David Conrad, Governors State University

DAVID CONRAD, Ed.D., is Assistant Professor of Education and Program Coordinator for Educational Administration in the College of Education at Governors State University, University Park, Illinois, United States. His research interests include teacher evaluation, policy implementation, and school leadership. Email: dconrad@govst.edu

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Published

2020-10-30